LEARN/KC-CIRCLE

Providing secular homeschooling support

History and Previous Classes

KC-CIRCLE 2

KC-CIRCLE began in 2008 as a subset of KCAP (Kansas City Attachment Parenting). We have had co-op classes each session since then, with a variety of ages. While the majority of participating families have chosen homeschooling, homeschooling is not a requirement to participate in the group. In an effort to allow continued growth for the co-op, as well as to better meet both the needs of the co-op and the needs of the Kansas City area community at large, KC-CIRCLE decided during the summer of 2012 to become its own group. And in the fall of 2014, we joined with LEARN, another secular homeschooling group serving Kansas City. We hope to see the group continue to grow and provide a respectful family style learning environment and community.

Here are some previous classes to give you an idea of some of the offerings. We began using Google Calendar for the ease of scheduling in 2009. We look forward to the group continuing to offer fantastic classes and field trips.

The majority of our classes tend to be in in Kansas City, MO and the closely surrounding communities – Independence, Lee’s Summit and Blue Springs on the Missouri side, Overland Park, Shawnee, Lenexa, Mission, Olathe, and Kansas City, KS on the Kansas side. If you are not in the KC Metro area, you are still welcome to participate. Our members will drive longer distances for classes they are interested in. Alternatively, you can look into reserving free space at area libraries, or you can host at another member’s home. And if you know of families closer to you, encourage them to join us! The more families we have, the more variety we can offer.

Fall 2014

  • Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull Class
  • Day Trip to Lawrence, Kansas
  • ATC: Picasso & Line Drawings
  • ATC: Van Gogh & Impasto
  • ATC: Klimt & Zentangle
  • Legoland Field Trip
  • Nate the Great at Theatre for Young America
  • Little Red Riding Hood by Paul Mesner Puppets
  • Forest School
  • Money Museum Tour
  • Missouri’s Creepiest Residents at Burr Oak Woods
  • M-Files at Burr Oak Woods
  • Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Apple Picking and Farm tour
  • Belger Gallery and Red Star Tour and Hands on Activity
  • Rock Exchange and Pond Exploration
  • Best Pet of All, Paul Mesner Puppets
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Preschool Halloween/Fall Crafts & Costume Play Date
  • Intro to Canning
  • Fishing Basics
  • Nature Weaving
  • Teen Challenge Mini Golf
  • Doodle Art Pendants
  • Meet A Shawnee Police Officer & his K-9 Partner!
  • Prairie Fire Museum Discovery Room Field Trip
  • Young Adult Banned/Challenged Book Club
  • Daring and Dangerous
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Crain Veterinary Center Tour
  • Fall Story, Songs & Signs
  • Outdoor Loose Parts Play
  • Fall Hiking Series
  • Make and Take Holiday Gift
  • Hand Embroidery 101
  • Missouri Town 1855 Living History Program
  • Family Hayride and bonfire at Shawnee Mission Park
  • Our Town at the KC Repertory Theatre
  • Tour Shatto Dairy Farm
  • Ms. Frizzle Story Telling and Volcano Science Experiment
  • Lewis and Clark Themed Series
  • Making Marbles
  • Art Class – Vincent Van Gogh / Impressionism
  • Rainbow Looming
  • Chocology – A Unique Chocolate Education and Tasting Experience
  • Annie Musical – Trilogy Cultural Arts Centre
  • The Hungry Caterpillar Class

Summer 2014

  • Art Projects for Kids
  • Blueberry Picking
  • Bubbles
  • Cinderella at Theatre for Young America
  • Deanna Rose Farmstead Tour
  • Field Day
  • Fishing at Bass Pro
  • I’ll Never Grow Up! (Peter Pan Book Club + Activities)
  • Let’s Go Fly a Kite
  • Make Your Own Thermometer
  • Nature Art: Firefly Forest
  • Opposites
  • Preschool Art Exploration
  • Preschool in the Park
  • Preschool Camping
  • Preschool Sculptural Art Experience
  • Sculpture (and Science!)
  • Shooting Marbles in the Park
  • Stargazing: Powell Observatory
  • Summer Hiking Series
  • Tomb Treasures of Egypt: Nelson Atkins Tour

Spring 2014

  • Film and Philosophy
  • SOLE: Self-Organized Learning Environment
  • Scottish Highland Dance Workshop by KCSAHDA
  • Rocks, Minerals & Fossils of Missouri
  • Forest School
  • Egg Hunt
  • Junkyard Band
  • Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
  • Teen Scavenger Hunt
  • Historical(ish) NERF War Re-Enactment
  • Book Club (preteen)
  • Puppetry Arts Institute
  • Rainbow Explorers!
  • What Is the Moon Made Of?
  • Yum, Gum!
  • Chess Club
  • Writer’s Group
  • Beyblades and Physics
  • National Weather Service Training Center Tour
  • Tye Dye Time
  • Mad Libs!
  • Earth Day Celebration
  • Geocaching Party
  • Sunset Trails Stables
  • Upcycled Bottle Hummingbird Feeders
  • Fairy Trail Exploration and Natural Pendulum Painting and Leaf Art
  • Story, Art, and Parade March–“Elmer the Patchwork Elephant”
  • Rags to Rugs
  • First Aid for Kids
  • Teen Government Class

Winter 2013/2014

  • Paul Mesner Puppets Presents Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
  • Wildlife Connection
  • Self-Defense Class
  • Christmas Ornament
  • Basics of YoYo’ing
  • Forest School (series)
  • Art Journaling 1
  • Kemper Museum Tour – Dressed Up
  • Winter Backyard Habitats
  • Nelson Atkins Museum Tour – Art from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance ( s)
  • Minecraft Ancient History Class
  • Paper Bag Skits
  • Little House Crafts
  • Art Journaling 2
  • Fire Safety
  • No-Sew T-Shirt Reconstructions
  • Introduction to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
  • Community Helpers
  • Book Club (grown ups) (series)
  • Introduction to Aquaponics
  • Make and Use a PVC Loom
  • Nelson-Atkins Tour – Art is Elementary!
  • Twisted Fairy Tales (the young folk)
  • Toddler Games
  • Art Lab for Kids
  • Layers of the Earth
  • The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise & the Hare at JCCC
  • Make a Simple Catapult
  • Art Journaling 3
  • Twisted Fairy Tales for Writers (bigger folk)
  • A/V Equipment How-To
  • Mix and Match Animal
  • Nature Art
  • Create Your Own Board Game
  • Poetry with Shel Silverstein
  • Anansi the Spider @ Paul Mesner Puppets

Fall 2013

  • Belger Arts Center
  • 9-14 Book Club
  • Kittens 101
  • Toddler Tunes (series)
  • Forest School (series)
  • Bicycyle Safety and Rodeo
  • Geocaching in Sahwnee Mission Park
  • Superheroes
  • Seuss School
  • Science Shawnee!!
  • Chemistry Class
  • Zentangle for Everyone
  • The Tallest Tree in the Forest, KC Repertory Theater
  • Nelson-Atkins Tour – Chinese Art
  • Nature Designs
  • Red Badge Variations, Coterie Theatre
  • Becoming Bears
  • Art in the Park (Pointillism)
  • Potions Class
  • Owl Pellet Dissection
  • Introduction to Cartooning!
  • Advance Your Knitting Skills (series)
  • Chief Sports Lab and Stadium Tour
  • The Money Museum
  • Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker, Coterie Theatre
  • Dia de Lose Muertos Sugar Skulls
  • Rumplestiltskin by Paul Mesner Puppets
  • Trunk or Treat
  • The Foreigner, Kansas City Repertory Theater
  • Celebrate Samhain
  • Games Night 1
  • Toy and Book Swap
  • The Wiz
  • Nelson-Atkins Tour – Art from the Middle Ages to the Rennaissance
  • Let’s Go Science Show at JCCC
  • Games Night 2
  • The Nutcracker, Kansas City Ballet

Summer 2013

  • Kids in the Kitchen: The History of the Pretzel
  • Kids in the Kitchen: Ice Cream!
  • Let’s Have a Parade!
  • Make Your Own Coconut Oil, Milk and Flour
  • Chick Chick Chickens! (and Eggs)
  • Beekeeping for Kids
  • Exploding Art
  • Dinosaur Petting Zoo at JCCC
  • Miniature Golf
  • Cedar Bird Houses
  • Gummy Worm Dissection
  • Stitch Markers: Make and Swap
  • Ants:  Tunnel Town
  • Yoga Kids Make Rhythms on Parade
  • Walking Tour of the Plaza
  • Let’s Play T-ball (series)
  • Lyle the Crocodile: A New Musical
  • Hallmark Visitors Center and Kaleidoscope
  • Toddler Tunes (series)
  • Boxcar Children @ TYA
  • Toy and Miniature Museum
  • Watkins Woolen Mill Historic Site
  • Children’s Beanstalk Garden
  • Little Letter Learners
  • Treasures of the Steamboat Arabia
  • KC Pet Project-Dog Behavior Workshop
  • Ninja Secrets
  • Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Family Yoga at the Yoga Patch
  • Experimental Art
  • Living Proof

Spring 2013

  • Dr. Seuss Party
  • Book Club and Story Time: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Intro to the Planets: All About Atmosphere
  • Mama Medicinals (series)
  • Egg Hunt – KS Side
  • Chicken Little the Musical at Theatre for Young America
  • Egg Hunt
  • Book Club and Story Time: The Trumpet of the Swan
  • Book Club 9 and Up
  • Let’s Letterbox
  • Moon Marble Company Tour
  • Post Office Tour
  • Science at the Park
  • Volunteer at George Owens Nature Park (Rain Gardens)
  • True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
  • Moon Viewing at the Warkoczewski Public Observatory
  • Bones, Brains, and Blood
  • Animal Handprint Keepsakes
  • Book Club and Story Time: The Borrowers
  • Yoga Kids Make Rhythms on Parade
  • The Ins and Outs of Lakeside Nature Center
  • LEGO Party
  • Fire Station Tour
  • Marshmallow Roast
  • Celtic Ancestry thru Mandalas
  • Mystery Painting
  • Cultivate Tour

Winter 2012-2013

  • Apple Cinnamon Ornaments
  • Seed Saving 101
  • Stained Glass Candy Ornaments
  • Candy Making with Kids
  • Dice Games
  • Ancient Magic Tricks and Optical Illusions
  • Library Tour, Story, and Craft
  • Otzi the Iceman
  • Lip Balm
  • “The Snowy Day” Experience
  • Greek Mythology Party
  • Let’s Put on a Show!
  • Tour at Nelson-Atkins – Heartland by Terry Evans
  • Make Your Own Stilts
  • Egyptian Art of Mummification
  • Children’s Book Exchange
  • Family Love Mailbox
  • Chinese New Year: Year of the Snake
  • Moon Explorers
  • Marshmallow Making
  • Abe’s Birthday
  • Valentine’s Day Party
  • Water Temperature
  • Anansi and the Middle Passage
  • The Fabulous Five
  • Japanese Tea Ceremony
  • Tour at Kemper Museum

Fall 2012

  • Tree Identification
  • Pocket Sundials
  • Rainbow Scopes
  • Peter Pan
  • Piggy Banks and Story Time
  • Tye Dye Party
  • Let’s Go Fly a Kite
  • Fredag Myter (Friday Myths)
  • One-on-One Tutoring with Liz
  • Butterfly Bio Villa Tour
  • Fall Nature Hike & Animal Scavenger Hunt
  • Dragons and Kites
  • Blow Your House Down: Physics and the Big Bad Wolf
  • Liberty Symphony Concert
  • Genealogy – Your Own Personal History
  • Learn to Skate
  • Feelings Series (based on Mr. Rogers Curriculum)
  • Kids Food Club
  • Shoal Creek Living History Museum
  • Harris-Kearney  House Tour
  • Chalk Walk
  • Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
  • “Life In 3-D” Art Workshop
  • Halloween Party
  • Old Shawnee Town – To Market
  • Stained “Glass” Leaves
  • Getting Organized: Family Important Documents Binder
  • Read!  Anansi Boys Book Discussion

Summer 2012

  • Intro to Letterboxing: Ernie Miller
  • Knitting Play Group – Knitting Horsie Heads, Dollies, and Gloves (series)
  • Super Hero training
  • Weird Science: Snot!
  • What Makes a Boat Float?
  • Summer in the Garden
  • Canvas Painting
  • Weird Science: Making Rock Candy
  • Wonderful Weather
  • Make a Puppet at the Puppetry Arts Institute
  • Rhythm and Fun
  • Intro to Letterboxing: George Owens
  • LEGO Discovery Center

Spring 2012

  • Nature Hike at Bethany Falls Trail
  • Marvelous Mexico!
  • Share a story
  • Make Your Own Bouncy Balls
  • Scavenger Hunt at Antioch Park
  • Finnish May Day
  • How Coffee is Made (Roasterie Tour)
  • Growing Up Victorian at Mahaffie Stagecoach
  • Sea Life Aquarium
  • Toddler Tunes (series)
  • Genuinely Germany
  • Egg Hunt (MO side)
  • Egg Hunt (KS side)
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Rocket Boosters
  • Gonna Make this Garden Grow
  • “Tie Dye” T-Shirts
  • Ribbon Balls

Winter 2011-2012

  • Terrifically Thai
  • Kinder Konzert (KC Symphony)
  • Naturally Sensational (Burr Oak Woods)
  • Chip Chocolate Factory
  • Colosally Canadian
  • Art Lab (series)
  • Let’s Welcome the Year of the Dragon
  • Strega Nona (Paul Mesner puppet show)
  • Rolling Beeswax Candles
  • Color by Numbers
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Union Station)
  • Winter Solstice Party
  • Grocery Store Tour

Fall 2011

  • Bread Baking and Butter Making
  • Library Tour
  • Outdoor Gross Motor Games and Activities (series)
  • Almond Milk
  • Fish, Fish, Fish
  • Children’s Peace Pavilion
  • My Tree Trunk (Schlagle Library)
  • Service Dogs in Action
  • Build a Twig Birdhouse
  • Nature Hike and Craft at Antioch Park
  • Learn to Skate
  • Wool Felt Shooting Stars
  • Dog Safety
  • Football for Mommies
  • Loose Park Photo Walk
  • Flat Stanley Making
  • Vinegar and baking Soda Fu
  • Introduction to Karate
  • Family Kick Ball
  • Bleach Shirts

Summer 2011

  • Insects Galore
  • Art Revelation (Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art)
  • Children’s Peace Pavilion
  • Creek Neighbors (Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary)
  • Ride the Truman Trolley
  • Summons to Mt. Olympus
  • Shawnee Indian Mission Tour
  • Seed Bombs and Flower paper
  • Dino Dig
  • Harris-Kearney House Tour
  • Green Thumb Gardeners (Overland Park Arboretum)

Spring 2011

  • Create a Comic Strip
  • Fancy Nancy Tea Party
  • Compost Piles and Garden Critters
  • Preschool Math Fun 101: Graphs
  • Wet-On-Wet Watercolors
  • Goin’ to Town at Shawnee Town
  • Freezer Paper Stencils
  • Nature Scavenger Hunt
  • May Day Celebration
  • Native Americans at a Campfire
  • Natural egg Dying
  • Easter egg Hunt
  • Preschool Science Fun 101: Air
  • Kansas Speedway Tour
  • Kaleidoscope Family Art Session
  • Better to See You With: Visiting the Eye Doctor
  • Needle Felting a Picture
  • Photo Walk
  • Nature Journaling
  • Preschool Math Fun 101: Balance
  • Peter and the Wolf (Picadilly Puppets)
  • Alexander majors Historic Home and Museum
  • Celebrate Spring
  • Essential Oils/Natural remedies Class
  • Kids and Critters at Ernie Miller Nature Center
  • Soup to Share
  • Snow Scenes
  • A Home for hermit Crab

Winter 2012-2011

  • Signing Through the nature Center
  • Kids’ Yoga Activities (series)
  • Anasi, the Spiderman of Africa (Young Theatre)
  • Create Valentine’s Day Cards
  • Chinese New Year
  • Story and Art
  • Lakeside Nature Center Bird Observation
  • Pajama Party!
  • Once a Month Cooking Recipe Swap
  • Holiday Cooking Decorating
  • Celebrate the Solstice
  • Napkin Rings

Fall 2010

  • Field trip to Wonderscope Children’s Museum of KC
  • Puppet Show “The Best Pet of All”
  • Non-violent Communication (series)
  • The Colors of Fall
  • Antioch Park Autumn Window Displays
  • Signing Through the Zoo (series)
  • Fancy Nancy Tea Party and Craft
  • Burr Oak Woods Nature Center – Seasons of Change!
  • Homemade Mix Sampling
  • Community Helpers

Summer 2010

  • We Can Work It Out
  • Fun with Bubbles
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear
  • Make Suncatchers
  • Math for Preschool: Shapes and Patterns
  • Space Craft Fun
  • Create Some Wearable Art
  • Make Lemonade
  • Parent Effectiveness Training
  • John Wornall Home Tour
  • Ice Cream Lab
  • Very Hungry Caterpillar/Butterfly Making
  • Mahaffie Stagecoach Visit
  • Melodies in Motion
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Play)
  • Knit a Summer Sun Hat (series)
  • Music Fun: Shake Your Sillies Out
  • Independence Day Creations
  • Blueberry Picking
  • Between parent and Child
  • Summer Celebration
  • Watercolors in the Woods
  • Music Fun: It’s a Jungle Out There
  • Hiking for health
  • Paint Your Own Birdhouse
  • Science City
  • Make a Fathers Day Card and Gift
  • Nature Treasure Hunt

Spring 2010

  • Connection Parenting
  • Make a Funny AP Shirt
  • Shatto Tour
  • Deanna Rose Farmstead Tour
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
  • Dehydrated Food Basics
  • Finger Puppets and Play
  • Toddler Tunes (series)
  • Cedar Cove Feline Conservation and Education Center
  • Three Little Birds
  • Bird Feeder Making
  • Cooking with Yeast: Baking Bread and Eating It!
  • The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (play)
  • Field trip to the Peace Pavilion
  • Rhymes, Raps, Miss Mary Mack Puppet Show
  • MNI to Share Cookbooks
  • Learn to Crochet a Chicken Family or Easter Basket
  • Nature Hike and Collage
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Celebrate Spring
  • Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids
  • Resurrection Eggs and Resurrection Buns
  • Petco’s Fur, Feathers, and Fins Tour
  • George Owens Story Time and Nature Hike
  • Kaleidoscope All Ages Session

Winter 2009-2010

  • Snowmen Art Projects
  • Purim
  • Matisse Inspired Collage
  • In the Neighborhood
  • Lunar New Year – Welcome the Tiger
  • Fancy Nancy Valentine Party
  • Celebrate Imbolc
  • Shatto Milk Tour
  • Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
  • Winnie the Poo day
  • Bag Book Making
  • Bird Watching 101
  • Glass Mosaic Box
  • Holiday  Baking Exchange
  • Sugar Cube Castle
  • Polar Express Story and Crafts
  • Madeline’s Christmas
  • Challah Baking
  • Amtrak Field trip
  • Inside Your Community – Library
  • Igloo and Snowman Scene (craft)
  • Cheese/Butter Making
  • Little Chef’s Apron

Fall 2009

  • Winter Worm Composting
  • Winter Worm Composting #2
  • Little Chefs (series)
  • Potato Stamping
  • Parenting Discussion
  • A House for Hermit Crab
  • Fall Nature Hike at Antioch Park
  • Hiking for Health
  • Paint Your Shirt
  • Make a Funny AP Shirt or Onesie
  • Screen Printing for Kids
  • Fire Station Tour
  • Finger Knitting
  • Fall Craft
  • Make Your Own Lip Balm
  • Starry Night
  • Quick and Healthy Homemade Meals
  • Getting Ready to Garden
  • Elmer’s Story and Craft Time
  • Tutu Making – Halloween Style Let’s Ride the Bus
  • Storytime and Crafts
  • Ribbon Balls
  • Make a Gratitude Wreath
  • Halloween Pumpkin Craft
  • Design Your Own Wrapping Paper
  • Kansas Legends Walk
  • Read-Aloud Books
  • Recycled Crayon Making
  • Mix and Match Animal Field Trip
  • Inside Your Community – Gorcery Store
  • Apple Cinnamon Ornaments
  • Fall nature Hike at Antioch Park
  • Playdough in the Park
  • Felt Barettes
  • Design Your Own Paper
  • Messy party
  • Block Party
  • Doll Clothes
  • Yarn Bowls
  • Piggies and Paws
  • Story Time (series)

Summer 2009

  • Art in the Park (series)
  • Toddler Parenting (series)
  • Sensory Activities (series)
  • Mom’s Spa Night
  • Little Chefs (series)
  • Affirmation Containers
  • Creating with the Basic Elements of Art – Shapes
  • Critters Close-Up
  • Car Seat Safety Basics, Tips, and Discussions
  • Urban Art and Sculpture (walking tour)
  • Recycled Kaleidoscopes
  • Batik with Children
  • Make a Popcorn Popper to Pop Popcorn
  • Chip’s Chocolate factory Tour
  • Burr Oak Woods Critter Talk and Hike
  • Let’s Ride the Bus!
  • Tie Dye Time!
  • Paradise Park Field Trip
  • KC-CIRCLE Chat
  • Bike Care 101
  • Bouncing Books and Blue Balloons (series0
  • Streamers, Streamers Everywhere
  • Toddler Finger Painting with Pudding
  • Superhero Training
  • Dehydrated food Basics
  • Eric Carle Storytime Fun
  • Creating with the Basic Elements – Lines
  • Into Hair Bows
  • Beanstalk Children’s Garden
  • Vietnamese Cooking
  • Soldered Charms
  • Messy party
  • Taking Charge of Your Fertility (series)
  • Block Party
  • Father’s Day Gift Making
  • Toddler Tunes (series)
  • Shawnee Indian Mission Tour
  • Scavenger Hunt and Plant a Bean
  • Aqua Kids
  • Making Crafts from Your Kids’ Art

Spring 2009

  • Urban Art and Sculpture
  • Wheels
  • Kite Bonanza!
  • Toddler Tunes (series)
  • Rip-Roarin’ Jamboree
  • Powell Gardens Nature Walk and Hike
  • Lakeside Nature Center – Animal Encounters and Hike
  • May Day
  • Story Stretchers
  • Magnet Fun
  • Mother’s Day Gifts
  • Mad Science
  • Get Inspired! Activity Ideas for Toddlers
  • Traditional Circle Time
  • Tutu Making
  • Stepping Stones
  • Car Seat Safety
  • Craniosacral Therapy Workshop
  • Eggstatic Art
  • Oodles of Nuudles
  • Colon Hyrdotherapy Introduction
  • Let’s Play Music Sample Class
  • Writing Group v1.0
  • Weather Basics (for school age)
  • Mudprints
  • Embroidery
  • Bread Making
  • Cake Decorating
  • Tour of Fire Station
  • Kids in the Kitchen

Winter 2008-2009

  • Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy
  • Paul Mesner Puppets Field trip: Martha Speaks
  • Relax!
  • Toddler Tunes (series)
  • Collage Party
  • Hand and Foot 3D Art
  • Kids in the Kitchen
  • tutu Making
  • Valentine’s Day Crafts
  • Story Stretchers (series)
  • Puppetry
  • Weather Basics (for the Preschool Set)
  • Happy Feet Soccer
  • Writing Group v1.0 (series)
  • Wonderscope
  • Embrodiery
  • Toy Swap/Donation
  • Decorate Your Own Monster Truck
  • Preschool Tumbling Class
  • What Can You Do with a Paper Bag?

Prior classes are unavailable.

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